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Hildebrandt, Shai and Louive collect Senior National titles on Friday night

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Oct. 09, 2020, 10:30 p.m. (ET)

Photo of Lauren Louive in the 57 kg finals. Photo by Jim Thrall,

CORALVILLE, Iowa – Three women were crowned champions on Friday night to wrap up the first day of the 2020 Senior Nationals in Coralville, Iowa. Only three women’s freestyle weights were contested: 50 kg, 53 kg and 57 kg.

The most dramatic final came at 57 kg, where National Team member Lauren Louive trailed Xochitl Mota-Pettis, who was having a phenomenal tournament, defeating two-time World silver medalist Alli Ragan earlier in the day.

Down 8-6 with just 13 seconds, Louive hit a massive head lock and earned the fall for her first national title.

In the 50 kg finals, 2018 World silver medalist Sarah Hildebrandt faced Amy Fearnside, a fellow U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Center athlete. Fearnside was fresh off perhaps the biggest win of her career, defeating two-time Senior World medalist Alyssa Lampe in Friday’s semifinals.

Hildebrandt cooled down Fearnside’s red hot day with an 8-0 victory for her second national championship, thanks to three takedowns and a leg lace.

Experience proved to the difference maker as National Team member and freestyle vet Katherine Shai dominated Cadet World champion Ronna Heaton, collecting five takedowns for a 10-0 early in the second period.

It was Shai’s first Senior-level national title.

Women’s freestyle competition continues tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT with the remaining three weights. Catch all the action live on

Women’s freestyle finals results

50 kg
1st - Sarah Hildebrandt (NYAC) df. Amy Fearnside (Titan Mercury WC), 8-0
3rd - Alyssa Lampe (Sunkist Kids) df. Samara Chavez (Spartan Mat Club), 10-0
5th - Stefana Jelacic (Sunkist Kids) df. Emily Shilson (Titan Mercury Wrestling Club), injury def.
7th - Charlotte Fowler (Unattached) dec. Trinity Rios (Florida Jets), 9-0

53 kg
1st - Katherine Shai (Titan Mercury WC) df. Ronna Heaton (Sunkist Kids), 10-0
3rd - Alisha Howk (Sunkist Kids) df. Amy Golding (Curby 3 Style Wrestling Club), 10-0
5th - Arelys Valles (Grand View WC) df. Victoria Smith (Unattached), 15-4
7th – Camille Fournier (Spartan Wrestling Club)

57 kg
1st - Lauren Louive (NYAC) df. Xochitl Mota-Pettis (Rise Wrestling), fall 2:47
3rd - Alli Ragan (Sunkist Kids) tech. fall Deanna Prince (Panhandle WC), 10-0
5th - Ngao Shoua Whitethorn (Twin Cities RTC) df. Vayle Baker PA (Twin Cities RTC), forfeit
7th – Jasmine Davis (Panhandle WC) df. Kiarah Cantillo (unattached), 10-0

Women’s freestyle semifinals results

50 kg
Sarah Hildebrandt (NYAC) df. Emily Shilson (Titan Mercury WC), 10-0
Amy Fearnside (Titan Mercury WC) df. Alyssa Lampe (Sunkist Kids), 6-5

53 kg
Katherine Shai (Titan Mercury WC) df. Amy Golding (Curby 3 Style WC), fall 1:45
Ronna Heaton (Sunkist Kids) df. Alisha Howk (Sunkist Kids), 8-2

57 kg
Xochitl Mota-Pettis (Rise Wrestling) df. Vayle Baker (Twin Cities RTC), fall 2:07
Lauren Louive (NYAC) df. Ngao Shoua Whitehorn (Twin Cities RTC), fall 0:29